Effingham selectmen award ambulance contract


January 06, 2011
EFFINGHAM — At their Dec. 21 meeting, Effingham selectmen voted to award the three-year ambulance service contract to Ossipee Valley EMS.

The board had received two proposals at their Dec. 14 meeting, one from Ossipee Valley EMS and the other from North Conway Ambulance (a subsidiary of CarePlus). They took the week to review the proposals.

At the Dec. 21 meeting, Selectmen Tim Eldridge raised discussion on the ambulance proposals and noted that Ossipee Valley EMS appeared to have the best proposal. Selectman Susan Slack noted that financial considerations must be given but she thought the North Conway proposal better met the selectmen's request.

According to the meeting minutes, Selectman John Meisner asked soon-to-be confirmed Effingham Fire Chief Randy Burbank for his opinion with regards to Ossipee Valley EMS and patient care.

Chief Burbank had no questions or concerns with regard to Ossipee Valley EMS and patient care. Selectmen Eldridge made a motion to accept the Ossipee Valley EMS alternate proposal for a 3 year contract at $25,020 per year totaling $75,060.

This will provide the town with no changes to ambulance service. The motion was seconded by Susan Slack and passed unanimously.

In other recent selectmen's meeting news, selectmen have offered to publish an advertisement seeking members for the town's Historic District Commission due to dwindling membership. Longtime members Arlene Gertsen and Grace Applei attended the Dec. 14 meeting and were thanked for their years of service.

Resident Theresa Swanick presented a proposal to selectmen asking that cable franchise fees collected that currently go to the town's general fund be redirected to a fund for expanding broadband in Effingham. The goal is to bring high speed internet access to homes in Effingham that do not have access. Selectmen decided at their Dec. 21 meeting they will not put this idea on the town's warrant. Rather, those interested in bringing it to town meeting for a vote should submit a petition with the necessary signatures to have it placed on the warrant.

Burbank announced that he was able to acquire 16 old lockers for the fire station from the Kingswood Regional High School construction project.

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